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November 21, 2012

Walton teacher's alleged victims 16

WALTON — Details from depositions emerged Tuesday in the arrest of Stephanie M. Fletcher, a former Walton high school teacher accused of having sex with two underage students.

Fletcher, 28, of Walton, is charged with two counts of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges involve two male students who were 16 years old at the time of the alleged rapes, according to court papers requested by The Daily Star.

One rape charge and a criminal sexual-conduct charge are linked to events that allegedly took place in the village of Walton during January and February 2011, according to the criminal complaints.

The other rape and sexual misconduct charges, along with the endangering charge, stem from events that allegedly occurred in the town of Tomkins during March and April of this year, the complaints said.

The endangering charge is the result of “half-clothed photos of herself” that Fletcher sent via text message — a practice known as sexting — to the alleged Walton victim, the complaint alleges.

The two rapes — both teen victims said in their depositions they had intercourse with Fletcher once — were in or near their homes, according to the complaints.

In the case of the Tompkins charges, the alleged victim said he had sex with Fletcher in his sister’s house, which was a short walk down a driveway from his house. The Walton victim told investigators he had sex with Fletcher on a sofa in his house, under the guise of tutoring, while everyone else was away.

The depositions, all of which were given from Nov. 7 to 12, describe additional assignations that stopped short of intercourse, including some “making out” in the parking lot of Walton Central School and other sexual conduct.

Fletcher, who is married, was also having an “affair” with a male teacher who may have known about her alleged trysts with students, according to a deposition filed in connection with the case.

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